Mysteries of the Moon

... or rather, mysteries of the Moon that really might not be as mysterious as this piece at www.disinfo.com/2010/09/who-parked-the-mooon/ would have its readers believe (sent in by Gary). It is actually reminiscent of a speaker at an SIS meeting a few years ago and begins rather tamely by telling us that the Moon is more complicated than scientists imagined. One such complication is said to concern the age of the Moon - which by its nature is highly speculative.

Comet Halley Again

At http://io9.com/5637815/ there is another version of the Comet Halley appearance in 466BC - with a bit more history. It could have been visiting the inner solar system for anything between 16,000 and 200,000 years (see also the Journal of Cosmology). The Chinese record the comet in 240BC and it is thought the Babylonians (people of the Middle East) record it in 164 and 87BC (as well as Tigranes, an Armenian king) and in 12BC it may have sparked messianic expectations - but who can tell.

A new way to produce electricity to power engines

At the Rumor Mill Robert Mason has posted details of a hydroelectrolytic turbine he has invented - go to www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=181024 which he hopes will be taken up by somebody commercially. He is also asking for some critique of his invention and as a new member of SIS hopes that other members might provide some feedback. See what you think. Does his idea have traction?

Comets in the Kuiper Belt

At http://calderup.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/kennelful-of-planet-puppies/ ... is about some images from the Hubble Space Telescope which show two remote objects in the Solar System slowly moving across the sky in front of a distant galaxy. They were moving while Hubble was recording and they appear in the images as streaks of light and seem to be comet like objects orbiting the Sun some 40 odd times further away than the earth.

Some dating issues

The New Chronology Yahoo Group forum has had the big guns posting during September - David Rohl, Bernard Newgrosh and Bob Porter for example. The issue that has caught their interest - the missing archaeology of the Persian Period. This is probably one of the really weak spots in conventional archaeology and ably exploited by  Emmett Sweeney elsewhere.

Koshkonong

Associated Press (see also http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_29848baa-be8b-11df-001cc4c00 ... a new road scheme at Koshkonong in Wisconsin has unearthed Native American artifacts - possibly as many as 100,000 of them which date back mainly between 5000BC and 1200AD.

The introduction of farming into Britain

The idea that farming was introduced into Britain from France is explored in Shennan, Collard and Thomas et at, in the Journal of Archaeological Science 37 issue 4: April 2010. Here it claims there was a large influx of people into Southern England and as far afield as Central Scotland, around 6000BP (5000-4500BC). Up until that point Britain was sparsely populated, a theory arrived at by the paucity of Mesolithic finds rather than genuine data - a factoid produced by what we don't know rather than what we might know.

Tortoises and Alligators in the Arctic - where it is night for six months of the year

At http://geology.com/press-release/tortoises-alligators-on-ellesmere/ ... being Ellesmere Island in the high Arctic, north of Greenland. Millions of years ago tortoises and alligators thrived on the island - and endured darkness for six months of the year. I did notice this article elsewhere but passed it over - but it seems geologists appear to take it seriously. The key of course is temperature - in this instance, during the Eocene era.

What are meteorites?

At http://geology.com/meteorites/ there is a short piece that attempts to answer this question - by a science writer, photographer, and meteorite hunter who has contributed to documentaries made by PBS, National Geographic, the History Channel and the Travel Channel as well as Readers Digest, Rock and Gem, Sky and Telescope, Geotimes etc.

Qatna

At http://heritage-key.com/blogs/ann/qatnas-royal-palace-reveals-further-archaeological-treasures/ ... current excavations of Qatna by a joint German/ Syrian archaeological team have unearthed jewellery, gemstones, alabaster vases, ivories, and various other burial gifts from burial chambers beneath the royal palace - including objects with an Egyptian origin.