Electric Earthquakes

At http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/earthquake-alarm there is an article by Tom Bleier and Friedemann Freund but dates back to December 2005. It refers to the October 2005 Kashmir/Pakistan earthquake in which 70,000 people died and 3 million were left temporarily homeless - and asks, what happened in the weeks and days leading up to the EQ?

Early Earth

At www.dailygalaxy.com April 30th it asks, 'Were Comets incubators of Life on Earth?'. The fact that life apeared soon after the termination of a long bombardment from space some 3.8 billion years ago suggests incoming comets and asteroids may have delivered the compounds necessary for life on earth to develop. However, the origin of life theory favoured by scientists depends on their field of speciality. Oceanographers like to think it began in a deep sea thermal vent, biochemists prefer a warm tidal pool, and astronomers looks towards comets.

Lizards on islands

At www.physorg.com/print191781096.html April 29th ... a genetic study of lizards isolated geographically on islands, sometimes for thousands of years, possibly even millions of years, do not appear to have evolved into separate species as demanded by conventional evolutional theory. They remained stubbornly like their predecessors. They were also capable of reproducing with similar species from elsewhere. However, the PLoS Genetics paper says that research was ongoing.

Rainforest regeneration

Will Gosling of the Open University (talk at Aylesbury Museum) says recent research into past climate change in the Amazon basin via ancient pollen preserved in lake sediments, has shown that climate differed in the Ice Ages - and the rainforest was not as extensive as it is now. Pollen analysis also showed the extent of human impact on the rainforest in the 1000 years preceding Columbus - and it was considerable. There are distinct layers of charcoal in lake sediments which appear to denote human activity - as well as evidence humans worked soils (agriculture).

Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape

In Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape: the context of monuments, Tom Williamson, Oxbow:2009, there is some interesting speculative ideas. The author is a landscape archaeologist based at the University of East Anglia and he looks at the barrows and where they are located as visible features on the horizon. They are situated on a terrace above the river Deben which at the time was well populated with farms and hamlets clustered around the lower river valley, and the estuary that opens into the North Sea.

Reachable Stars

In Reachable Stars: Patterns in Ethno-astronomy of Eastern North America, George Langford, University of Alabama Press: 2007. Ethno-astronomy is one of those amusing word constructs that is basically a woolly way of describing star based Native American myths and legends. Anyway, it is a compilation of stories that took many years to pull together.

Floods of Water at the end of the Ice Age

At www.physorg.com/print191683663.html April 28th ... a paper that can be accessed in full (or abstract) at http://bit.ly/9VKpln on research that shows part of Alaska was inundated by a massive flooding event - 17,000 years ago. I am assuming this coincides with the end of the Ice Age but the dating differs from other studies. It is being described as a mega-flood event which formed dunes in the ground over 110 feet high and spread half a mile apart

Water ice found on asteroid

This story can be accessed from several places (see www.physorg.com/print191665880.html and BBC News April 28th http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10090128.stm April 28th 'Asteroid Themis has frosted surface' and in addition www.sciencedaily.com).

Prehistoric walkabouts

Prehistoric Journeys, Cummings and Johnston, Oxbow: 2007, is an attempt to understand prehistoric movements. People did not simply travel from one place to another for the sake of the journey but for a purpose - trade and barter for example. Mobility and travel are unlikely to have been expceptional in prehistoric societies - unlike later agrarian communities where people were tied to district and could live their whole lives without venturing outside the immediate locale.

Transient Events in the Plasma Universe

At http://mythopedia.info/intro.html you will find this article second one down on the left hand menu. Extracting information from sacred and revered accounts or cultic practises is fraught with potholes that others have dug. However, working on the basis that a lot of religious ritual is derived from fear - and actual worship is a product of fear, might help explain some of the recurring factors that cross cultural boundaries.