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16 Jun 2010
Skulls and Immigrants

www.plosone.org ... the online journal PLoS One has an article on the differences between palaeo-americans and amerindians, a huge morphological dissimilarity involving crania shape and size. The claim is that the earliest Americans were Australo-Melanesians and the second wave of immigrants came from East Asia.

15 Jun 2010
Tutankhamun Funeral

The Times May 29th .... archaeology correspondent Norman Hammond reported on an exhibition in New York, at the Metropolitan, 'Tutankhamun's Funeral'. A decade before the actual discovery of his tomb, some jars and broken pottery, bandages and animal remains, and dried flowers were found in a pit nearby. They were the remains of Tutankhamun's funeral, too impure to be buried in the tomb but safely hidden not far away.

15 Jun 2010
Romanian caves

www.physorg.com/print195668903.html June 13th ... Romanian archaeologists have found ancient cave paintings aged between 23,000 and 35,000 years ago. They are drawings of buffalo, horse, and rhinoceros, and clearly these animals must have roamed in the immediate vicinity during the Ice Age - but this is well to the south of the ice sheet.

15 Jun 2010
Thunderstones

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100614101724.htm we have a story about an Iron Age grave in Norway that dates somewhere between 600 and 1000AD which contained a prehistoric stone axe head - made of greenstone. Such axes, the news blurb announces, symbolised thunderstones. The idea of a rock falling out of the sky as a result of lightning is common around the world it continues, and has an obvious connection with meteors - or lightning bolts.

15 Jun 2010
Ra, the red sun disc

A web site that might interest SIS members, http://gks.uk.com which is run by Gary Gilligan, a contributor to the www.thunderbolts.info web site and a member of SIS and an attendee at our bi-annual meetings. It has several long pages of articles and views that some might find thought provoking. Basically, the idea of the divinity of the pharaoh, the representative of the God on earth, his physical and human representation as leader of people etc, is challenged.

15 Jun 2010
Dark matter does not exist?

At www.science.daily.com/releases/2010/06/100613212708.htm June 11th ... scientists at Durham University's Physics department used satellite data to study the remnant heat of the Big Bang - via a microwave anisotropy probe. In the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society they claim dark energy and dark matter may not exist - the mathematics was wrong. In turn, this may threaten the consensus model of the universe, the Big Bang theory.

15 Jun 2010
Neutrinos ... and clouds ...

Meanwhile, at http://calderup.wordpress.com June 14th we have two interesting posts. The first one is on the topic of aeroplanes accidentally making holes in clouds and causing rain or snow to fall. It may happen more often than realised.

15 Jun 2010
Shimmering Butterflies

I was watching BBCs 'Springwatch' a couple of days ago and Chris Packham mentioned that the colours of butterflies are produced not by pigments but by a special geometric formation of cells, that shimmer and give the illusion of colour.

15 Jun 2010
Rare Earth Elements

At www.livescience.com/technology/Rare-Earth-Elements-100614.html June 15th ... mentions the recently discovered mineral wealth of Afghanistan, worth an estimated one trillion dollars. These include rare earth elements such as dysprosium, erium, and ytterbium which are found concentrated in ores and these and other strangely named elements are used in computer hard drives, TV screens, and smartphones, LED lights, and magnets in electronics, wind turbines and hybrid cars etc.

12 Jun 2010
Exhibition

www.culture24.org.uk June 11th ... Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre are putting on an exhibition of excavations that have taken place in the limestone gorge and it's caves from Victorian times until the present day. The caves have been used successively by different groups of people for a variety of reasons from Pleistocene hunting bands to medieval monks using it as a hideaway and drinking den.