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31 Mar 2018
Human Footprints

At ... human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast may be 13,000 years old according to a study in PLoS ONE online journal (March 20th 2018) by a team from Hakai Institute and the University of Victoria. In other words, humans prior to the Younger Dryas Event - which is post-Ice Age proper. Nowadays, the Pacific coast of British Columbia is thickly forested and most of it is only accessible by boat. Archaeology is few and far between.

31 Mar 2018
Wal Thornhill CAGW

At ... Amirthanavaqam David has posted the above link in a debate on Electric Universe at Eric's Velikovsky Thread. Interested members of SIS can mail the Contact address at for further details - although to join the group one has to be approved but not necessarily a member of SIS. A word of warning - it generates a lot of emails in your inbox - not suitable for a mobile phone or tablet.

31 Mar 2018
Amazon Peoples

At ... parts of the Amazon rainforest previously thought virtually uninhabited were really the home of a population of a million people - according to new research. There were actually hundreds of villages dotting the rainforest, with clearings, far away from the major rivers. Huge areas of the Amazon jungle are still unexplored by archaeologists.


31 Mar 2018
Transparent Galaxy

At ... (see also ) ... a transparent galaxy about the size of our Milky Way is causing problems for cosmologists. The study is published by Nature journal and the researchers seem to have discovered a galaxy that is dark matter free. Oh dear. The galaxy is not abundant with stars which makes it even more mysterious - but those that can be seen are banded in bright clusters.

31 Mar 2018
Ruislip Bed

At Down to Earth geological group we learn that an ancient shoreline has been discovered during preliminary diggings in West London - along the line of HS2. A tunnel is being built between Northolt and Old Oak Common but the anomaly was found a little to the west, at Ruislip. The coast line is said to be subtropical - so we are going back to the Paleocene era, which followed on from the K/T boundary event. It ws found 33m below the surface, as a layer of black clay formed from what they say was a wooded and wetland environment.

31 Mar 2018
Mount Etna Cone

At ... did high sea levels in the Mediterranean create the iconic shape of Mount Etna? A study by Iain Stewart of Plymouth University has explored changes in the volcano from 130,000 years ago. It changed from a fissure type of shield volcano which came to an end around 130,000 years ago - the last interglacial period. Instead, it became an inland cluster of nested stratovolcanoes driven by a rearrangement of major faults. At the point of change there seems to have been very high sea levels in the Mediterranean and Etna was submerged.

4 Apr 2018
Solar Spicules

In Science journal 356 issue 6344 23rd June 2017, under the heading Solar Physics, there is a nice article on the NASA discovery of solar spicules (see also and ....). The Science piece was forwarded by Jovan and I have probably already posted this story (last year) but it has come up again on Eric's thread on Velikovsky (and his works). The piece is about solar spicules and Alfven waves.

4 Apr 2018
What are neutrinos?

Neutrinos betrayed their existence through their absence. In 1914 physicist James Chadwick was looking at beta decay - a from of radiactive decay in which a nucleus emits an electron and transforms a neutron into a proton. Conservation of energy appears to be an accepted Law of physics (although that might be providing it with a bigger status than warranted). Suffice to say the mainstream position supports the idea so that electrons from a particular nucleus, such as lead-214, should always emerge with the same energy.

4 Apr 2018
Life on Venus

Gary sent in this link - ... the temperatures on Venus surface is reputed to be as high as 465 degrees C - which is hot enough to melt lead. In the atmosphere the heat gets less the higher one goes (according to the theory). Most organisms could not survive on the surface of Venus (so it would seem). However, a study published in the journal Astrobiology suggests Venus may  harbour vast colonies of bacteria (in its atmosphere). Shades of Velikovsky and vermin out of the sky.

4 Apr 2018
Transient Star phenomena

This one is at ... astronomers found 72 bright and fast bursts of light - gone within a week (sometimes lasting a month). They were discovered during the Dark Energy Survey Supernova Programme, a global effort to understand dark energy (assuming there is actually something to understand). They have a similar maximum brightness to supernova but they last a fraction of the time. Supernovas can last for many months and are thought to be stars exploding, a paradigm that is under pressure it would seem from these discoveries.