Big Head

At www.yahoo.com/news/giant-mammoth-skull-discovered-bulldozer-operator-134... ... the skull of an Ice Age mammoth has been dug up by a bulldozer operator in Oklahoma. This is not your cold adapted mammoth covered in a woolly exterior but a species adapted to a temperate climate - or even perhaps a warm one. It is also much larger than woolly mammoths, males reaching up to three times the size. Surprisingly, it was found in a sand pit - see image below

all the light in the universe

This is one of those odd postings, with the question being asked - is there more light and energy out there in space than astronomers can account for - go to www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/04/all-the-light-in-the-universe-is-i...

Comet Halley

Tim Cullen has written some conspiracy like articles in respect of Heinsohn's amazing revision of AD chronology - and he followed this particular post with another one today. However, at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/burned-house-syndrome/ ... he has come up with an even more radical idea, involving Comet Halley. His piece says that the burned horizons common to the Balkans and SE Europe between 6500 and 2000BC are due to periodic passages of Comet Halley - every 76 to 80 years.

Tut

This story has been long running. At first we had a denial by the Egyptian Antiquities people and Reeves came in for some flak and certainly a fair measure of criticism. However, as things will the Egyptians realised they might be able to take advantage of the situation and reinvigorate their tourist industry, and some preliminary scans were taken of the Tutankhmun tomb just to see if they might be something behind the far wall - a cavity. The scan was inconclusive.

Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang province in Nepal, between 400 and 650AD, was part and parcel of the silk road as silk has been found dating from that period. Trade between India and China seems to have flourished and the route across Nepal was probably one of the roads the merchants took. It illustrates the longevity of Nepal as a kingdom with links both north and south and the recipient of new ideas and a trade destination in its own right. See http://phys.org/print378723770.html

Loess again

A few weeks ago we had an article that associated loess formations with water - a river cutting a channel through the Tibetan Plateau and carrying downstream debris from the eroded rock in that part of the world. This was contrary to normal mainstream thinking in regard to loess formation. The consensus view is that loess is formed by wind as the erosion agent. Not water. It was therefore a surprise to find an article based on field research that actually stated water erosion had caused at least one loess formation in China.

Moon and Earth's magnetic field

Scientists are speculating as to why Earth has a magnetic field - and what generates it. At http://phys.org/print378630214.html ... the gravitational effects associated with the presence of the Moon and the Sun cause cyclical deformation of the Earth's mantle and creates wob bles in Earth's rotation axis. This mechanical forcing as applied to the planet as a whole affects the strong currents in the 'outer' core - what is thought to be made of a liquid iron ally of low viscosity.

New Viking Site

The US NOVA TV site has been on the button once again by airing news of a probable new Viking settlement site discovered via satellite technology - see www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/science/vikings-archaeology-north-america-new... ... on a headland on the SW coast, 300 miles south of L'Anse aux Meadows, in northern Newfoundland. The confirming point appears to be the presence of bog iron and a fire cracked boulder - but excavations are yet to get in earnest.

Planet X

Planet X is back in the news - as noted last week. However, some old proponents of Planet X have now had a say - go to http://phys.org/print378535345.html. We even have an article on Planet X in the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society . Caltech researchers have revived the idea that Planet X may periodically cause mass extinctions on the Earth. How? Apparently the idea is that it periodically triggers a shower of comets, as it journeys the far reaches of the solar system.