Planet and Star

The BBC pundits were full of it today (Thursday the 25th) and the science correspondent had on his 'very serious' face mask as he read out the script on prime time news. The story is all over the net but try this one for a change ... ... which is basically the discovery of what is thought to be a planet orbiting the nearest star to our Sun, at a similar distance that is again thought to pose the possibility of life on the exo-planet.

Sewing with Denisova

Stitching a hole in their shirts may have been a problem ovecome by the Denisova contemporaries of Neanderthals. These people lived in central Asia before the 40,000 year watershed when Europe was colonised by modern humans (and some of them came here by way of central Asia which adds another dimension). A bone needle has been plucked out of sediment on the floor of the Denisova cave in the Altai Mountains, complete with a carefully drilled eye hole.

Bell Beaker enclosure

At .... the discovery of a circular earthwork enclosure in southern Spain, dating to the Bell Beaker period (2600-2200BC) is interesting as we don't know yet that it has anything to do with the Beaker Folk. Excavations unearthed bones, sherds, jewelry etc. It is unclear if the sherds of pottery come from bell beakers or the C14 dates have provided the link. The site consists of concentric circular trenches cut into segments at regular distances. In the centre was a deep round hole 19m wide.

Plate Tectonics Mars

Yes, plate tectonics on Mars - you heard that right (go to ... (alternatively, ...  An Yin, a UCLA scientist, claims rudimentary Plate Tectonics occurs - just below the surface. Basically, he has studied satellite images beamed back from Mars and has decided certain features look like a fault system, somewhat similar to what he has seen for himself on the Earth in the Himalayas and Tibet.


Speaking of rings (yesterdays post) the same subject is uncannily the feature of an article today at Universe Today (see ). It is an interview with Kevn Gill who does computer enhancement imaging. His latest work is on Daphnis, a moon of Saturn, embedded in one of the rings. In the past he has made models of Earth with a ring system and what Mars might have looked like if it had vegetation and surface water.


At ... the signature of a supernovae has been found in deep ocean cores from the Pacific Ocean. German scientists have had their findings publishd in PNAS (August 2016) and they have dated the supernova to 2.7 million years ago at what is thought to be the boundary of the Pliocene with the Pleistocene. The interesting point they make is that supernovae material continued to rain down on the earth for 800,000 years. Is this a relic of uniformitarian dating methodology?

Stone Circles and Henges

Surprisingly, SIS has not published a great deal on stone circles as far as major articles are concerned. It tends to have been small pieces and letters. These were mostly in early Newsletters and Workshops. Kronos on the other hand, did rather better when it came to Alexander Thom, but one got the impression they were more interested in authors critical of his discoveries rather than favouring them.

Easter Island again

Somebody else that does not buy the idea Easter Islanders soiled their own nest as proposed by environmentalists a few years ago. It's getting pretty clear they invented the idea to sell their politicised theory that humans are breeding so fast we will shortly run out of resources and there will be global warfare as nations compete for the dwindling raw materials vital to modern life (and that is without taking into account the food issue). At http://phys.oprg/print390725539.html ...


Jovan Kesic forwarded the link ... it seems theoretical physicists are saying they have found a fifth force. The comments are not exactly confident about this but the relevant paper is currently at the arXiv preprint server for anyone to look at. The study author thinks it may help solve the dark matter issue.

Sun Faces

   At ... the body in the grave comes from the Okunev Culture in the Republic of Khakassia. These are thought to be the Siberian ethnic group most closely related to native Americans.