In The News

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16 Oct 2011
Seaweed and Human migrations

At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2011/the-seaweed-trail-peop... there is a quite good overview of the currently acceptable alternative migration route into the Americas, the so called seaweed trail. A continuous belt of offshore seaweed stretches from Alaska to Chile and it is thought that in earlier times, when the Bering Land Bridge was above sea level, this trail of seaweed wound its way all around the rim of the North Pacific - to as far as Japan (and possibly even further south).

14 Oct 2011
Dawn Update

NASA has released further information about its DAWN mission to the asteroid Vesta - see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-319&cid=release_2011-319 Vesta's surface has striking diversity in its composition, the spokesman is quoted as saying, particularly around craters. DAWN is now orbiting 420 miles above Vesta and is sending back images of high altitude mapping data (see also videos at www.ustream.tv/nasajpl12

14 Oct 2011
Smooth faced rocks and electric fields that turn liquids into solids

Two very interesting stories, one is geological and the other, physics. At www.physorg.com/print237552924.html - it seems that rocks and boulders rubbing against each other can produce smoothing - something normally attributed only to water action. Bumping and grinding in response to the earth shaking in its bowels creates a smooth surface over time - just as rocks and boulders being jostled by water, in rivers, on coasts (by the tides) and during flash floods etc. In this instance the process was visibly taking place - in a dry desert at high altitude.

13 Oct 2011
Did a comet cause the New Madrid earthquake in 1811?

Tony Hood is the author of a book, 'Kalopin's Legacy, 1811: A comet and a Quake' which is an interesting theory connecting the devastating 1811 New Madrid earthquake in North America with the passage of a comet that loomed very large in the night sky, a comet that was visible for 260 days and at one point appeared to be one and a half times the size of the Sun. This means that it was a comet that came relatively close to the Earth - closer than the average cosmic intruder. See www.wix.com/koolkreations/kalopins-legacy/ for documents and links to the book and the story.

13 Oct 2011
Speed of Light

It seems some scientists are worried the general public are not up to understanding what science is all about - and fearful of the way the media presented the hullaballoo over the CERN discovery that neutrinos may travel faster than light - see www.physorg.com/print237470243.html. Sounds a bit like those politicians that have no faith in the democratic process. 

The Speed of Light is also the subject at www.physorg.com/print237460906.html - time dilation is taken into account.

13 Oct 2011
Megalithic Star Watching

It seems cosmic alignments are still in vogue in Germany. They have not been stifled in the same manner as in the UK - or so it would seem. At www.heritageportal.eu/index.php?view=article&centid=press-release&kid=an... we are told there is a huge early Celtic calendar construction within the royal tombs of Magdalenenberg in the Black Forest. The order of the burials around the central royal tombs fits exactly, according to a computer simulation,  with the constellations as seen in the sky above Germany.

11 Oct 2011
Comets and Asteroids

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/10/ecoalert-nasa-see-fewer-big-astero... which is the same story post last week - with a twist.

10 Oct 2011
Clouds

Two papers on clouds - make what you will. See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/09/spencer-finds-the-big-picture-on-c... and on the same web site, a new post by Willis Eschenbach - http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/08/estimating-cloud-feedback-from-obs... However, the latter post was updated a day or so later by the author as he realised he had not taken sufficient notice of certain aspects. Hence, it is necessary to read both versions.

9 Oct 2011
The CERN neutrino experiment ... and Mars

Two weeks since the CERN experiment on neutrinos and some 30 papers in response to the claim they move faster than light have been lodged on the preprint server arXiv - suggesting reasons why the experiment was wrong. At www.thunderbolts.info, however, the actual existence of neutrinos are challenged - but in general neutrinos are accepted by scientists (see www.physorg.com/print237106952.html ). 

9 Oct 2011
Leroy

Leroy is a bit late to the plate. He is currently pushing the Ravindra Godbole web site www.themeaningofvedas.com, something that SIS did some months ago (also featured on In the News). Actually, Leroy has provided something of a prod as the web site pages are actually the chapters of a book with the same name - and full of information. Cheers, Leroy. He may not be everybody's favourite bunnie but he does keep promoting the Clube and Napier hypothesis - when most people out there have forgotten all about it.