Komodo Dragons

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101118093418.htm researchers have been studying a fossil that appears to be a direct link between an ancient lizard populating Africa and the famous Komodo Dragon of Indonesia - and various other lizards. It seems to have been a fresh water lizard so how did it swim across the Indian Ocean, it is being asked, as geology claims Africa was isolated between 100 and 12 million years ago, completely surrounded by oceans. It had yet to crash into Eurasia.

Venus - new discovery

The European Space Agency (see www.esa.int/esaSC/SEM8270WXGG_index_2.html and see also www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101130122-35.htm ) has discovered a high altitude layer of sulphur dioxide via the Venus Express spacecraft. Venus is blanketed in sulphuric acid clouds that block a view of the surface and this is because of volcanic activity there.

Comets

At http://cosmictusk.com there is a report, published by the Royal Society, that says that some 4 years ago green fireballs streaked across the sky over Australia which led to a succession of UFO reports. However, it is now thought they might have been meteors or ball lightning caused by electrically charged shockwaves in a similar fashion to the way aurorae is created.

Cliff Fall in Dorset

Anyone holidaying in Dorset might be aware that you can walk the undercliff from Lyme Regis to Axmouth in what is now a quite pleasant wooded environment stretching some 10 miles or so that is maintained as a National Nature Reserve. It is in fact part of the South West Coastal Footpath, the section taking in the Jurassic Shore of Dorset and Devon. Most of the time there is no access to the beach because of the danger of falling rubble.

Maya agriculture

At www.nature.com/news/2010/101105/full/news.2010.587.html we have the fruits of research by the Geological Research Association of America on Mayan agriculture. They lived in sprawling densely populated pockets in the Yucatan and their civilisation reached it's height between 400BC-900AD. They had to contend wtih recurring droughts and rising sea levels - which is an interesting insight considering the same thing was happening elsewhere in the world.

Entrenched Positions

We can see that climate scientists prefer to dig a hole for themselves rather than address data adjustments openly and in good faith but such a stubborn attitude appears to be common to other fields of science too - archaeology for example. It is not just celestial alignments that are out of favour, or the idea of earthquakes as a factor in Bronze Age site destructions, but sea level change is ignored.

Genetics

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/65063/title/Central_dogma_of_genetics_maybe_not_so_central/ ... It seems the RNA molecules aren't always faithful reproductions of the genetic instructions contained within DNA, a new study has shown. This contradicts a major tenet of genetics - a central dogma that is that DNA letters encode information and RNA is produced in DNA's likeness. The RNA then serves as a template to build proteins.

Aborigine Technology

At www.theage.com.au/national/3500yearold-axe-head-places-aborigine-ancestors-at-the-cutting-edge-of-technology/ November 6th ... a 35,000 year old axe fragment found in Arnhem Land in Australia is thought to be the oldest (so far) ground edge tool in the world and it is making scientists reconsider when the technique of grinding to sharpen tools first began.

Comet Hartley2

At www.physorg.com/print208174658.html ... this is more on Come Hartley2 including the revelation that jets were outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator - the line between the two sides.

Study Group Meeting - November 4th (London)

A write-up of the talk given by David Salkeld will duly appear in SIS Workshop - but a couple of other points were also discussed. Steve Mitchell, a landscape archaeologist, passed around some graphs showing the literal affects of the Shannon sea level curve ... at around 4000BC. Britain would still have been joined to the continent in the SE. This means that Neolithic farmers could have entered the British Isles by a land route, fanning out in all directions once they reached the Thames Valley.