YD event update

Bill Napier reports that a Canadian radar meteor team has confirmed and modelled the predominance of Comet Enck/progenitor in the Zodiacal Cloud (a catastrophist model). At this moment in time the thesis goes unchallenged in astronomical circles. Nobody has produced a viable objection to date as yet. A meteoroid storm, he asserts, is a plausible scenario. He continues by saying he would like the progenitor to be some 100,000 years of age (in the solar system) which is in line with Fred Whipple. However, David Asher and Duncan Steel see it as somewhat younger.

San Andreas Fault ... tremblors going back 700 years

At http://geology.com/press-release/san-andreas-earthquakes-frequency/ earthquakes have been a regular feature along the San Andreas fault system for a long time and a series of tremblors have been charted over the last 700 years. The September issue of Geology says that large ruptures have occurred on a stretch of the fault 100 miles NW of Los Angeles (where the research took place), at a rate of between 45 and 144 years apart. The last really big quake was in 1857, over 150 years ago.

K/T boundary event - a compromise?

BBC News August 30th ... the K/T boundary event, it seems, involved more than one meteorite, or asteroid strike, according to a new study in the journal Geology by Professor David Jolley at Aberdeen University. The Boltysh Crater in the Ukraine was first reported (in the west) in 2002 and scientists have now examined pollen and spores of fossil plants in the layers of mud that have infilled the crater. They found that immediately after the impact ferns quickly colonised the davastated landscape.

The henge in Herts again

See www.culture24.org/ August 30th ... (subsection, history and heritage - some pictures of the dig). The bank surrounding the ploughed out henge has managed to preserve some deposits in the ditch, by infill, and in the bank itself. These display evidence of burning before deposition suggesting a burnt offering, an apparently universal activity, or a cremation (another phenomenon not unrelated). The henge lies at the head of a shallow valley facing NE.

sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

New Scientist August 27th ... sun spots may play a role in small fluctuations in the time it takes the earth to rotate on it's axis. The exact length of the day varies - tides and winds also affect the rotation but now it seems so do sun spots. It is suitably dressed up in uniformitarian glamour wear as they are talking about fractions of a second, supposedly as a result of an abundance of sun spots - or the lack thereof. The question thus might be asked - what hails in the result of a very large solar flare?

Alternative Science on the Web

At www.thunderbolts.info there is a forum posting, Links to Related Alternative Science Web Pages. It is very useful as it provides some different takes on a number of issues such as gravitation, aether, aetherneutrinos, glowing magnetism, wave particles, electric stars, the fractal Sun theory, electrogravity, electrodynamics, and red shift etc.

The peculiar properties of sound at Stonehenge

New Scientist August 27th ... acoustic experiments were made at Stonehenge in an attempt to determine how it may have sounded during prehistoric gatherings. Once the acoustic fingerprint was discovered it could then be analysed - or modelled, using an anechoic chamber (at the University of Salford), and afterwards, convoluted. Due to reflection of sound from the stones, reverberating sounds such as drumming become deeper - as if the bass had been turned up and the tenor turned down.

Vortex of Fire

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/27/tornado-of-fire-in-brazil/ you will find some short video clips of a tornado of fire created during wild fires - transient phenomena captured by the abundance of mobile phones with cameras. Are these combustible tornados?

The video clips are available on a variety of blogs.

The Layer Cake

If this is cake it ain't got a lot of fruit. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100825185121.htm ... research has found the North American continent is a layer cake (see Nature August 26th). Exploration of seismic factors at the interior of the earth illuminate how the continents formed. The continental land masses have been broken into pieces, joined back together, and then broken up again - but some old pieces of the lithosphere have existed over very long periods of time.

Alternative energy

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100825131445.htm ... devices to capture electricity out of the air are being contemplated - like solar cells capture sunlight. However, it requires more research into lightning - and how it builds up and grows. It is known that water in the atmosphere can accumulate an electric charge and transfer them to other materials it comes into contact with - known as 'humidity-electricity'