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1 Mar 2012
Neanderthal bottleneck

Now, we are told that Neanderthals wee on the verge of extinction even before the appearance of anatomically modern humans - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120225110942.htm according to a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution (Feb 25th). The claim is that most Neanderthal populations in Europe disappeared in the great die-off that took place around 50,000 years ago (large numbers of animals in diverse regions of the world died out at this time although no such link is made in the article).

1 Mar 2012
Hawaii offshore and comets with gravel

At www.physorg.com/print249588620.html we learn that a submersible has discovered that deep canyons off the coast of Hawaii link up to river valleys. Detritus carried by the rivers enters the canyons and supports a rich variety of marine life. Does this mean more of Hawaii was once above sea level?

At www.io9.com there is a post that says comets possess an 'atmosphere', if that is the right word, that consists largely of gravel - shades of Velikovsky.

27 Feb 2012
Fireballs in February

At http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov there is information on fireballs over North America - and presumably elsewhere too. The story can also be seen at www.physorg.com/print249203167.html and it seems that in this february just gone there were some rather large space rocks entering the atmosphere of the earth. They were peculiar in that they were slow and penetrated much further and deeper than they are prone to do, breaking up closer to the surface. The origin of them is also somewhat puzzling as they have different orbits and trajectories.

25 Feb 2012
Velikovsky Heresies

Gary Gilligan spotted this book for sale on Amazon, see www.amazon.co.uk/Velikovsky-Heresies-Collision-Catastrophes-Revisited/dp... and the product description is as follows .... it provides new evidence from recent space probe missions to support Velikovsky's theories on Venus, presents recently translated ancient texts from China, Korea and Japan that seem to describe a comet like appearance to Venus, and examines evidence of major geomagnetic events in 1500 and 750BC that he claims coincide with close passes of Venus.

25 Feb 2012
Titan

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-048&cid=release_2012-048 there is some interesting information available about Saturn's moon, Titan, the subject of a number of papers in the science press recently. The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back some wonderful images and has shown how Titan's atmosphere resembles that of the earth - with clouds, rainfall, and river valleys, lakes and other geological characteristics that have surprised astronomers to a certain degree.

23 Feb 2012
More Cotton Wool

The forthcoming IPCC AR5 report, it is being suggested, will not look at the Sun as the main driver of the climate, and has omitted reference to a number of papers and research that has done otherwise. There is no surprise in this as IPCC are committed to the idea co2 is the principle driver of climate - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/22/omitted-variable-fraud-vast-eviden... (a guest post by Alec Rawls).

23 Feb 2012
Buckyballs and Fulgarite

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-047&cid=release_2012-047 ... news that NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered solid buckyballs in space. The real name, as mentioned in a post last year, is buckminster fullerenes as they resemble the geodesic dome of an American architect, Buckminster Fuller. In this instance, the lead author of a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is one Nye Evans of Keele University.

23 Feb 2012
Earthquakes and Magnetic Stripes on the Sea Floor

Presentation of science to Joe Public is often jazzed up - in books, on TV and in museum displays and the classroom. Take, for example, sea floor spreading (see page 3 at www.newgeology.us/presentation25.html). We are all familiar with the pattern of stripes on the Atlantic sea bed radiating out from the Mid Ocean Ridge. There are diagrams and drawings that have been somewhat set to create that piano key pattern of striping.

22 Feb 2012
Minerals Metals Glazing and Man - out of date?

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/02/2012/aztec-carvings-tell-stor... ... the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in Mexico has carvings depicting Aztec myths including the birth of the god of war Huitzilopochtli. There is a depiction of a cosmic battle in the sky that involved stars falling earthwards - presumably a meteor storm.

20 Feb 2012
From Dartmoor to the Scillies, one slab of granite

In the 'Sunday Times Book of the Countryside' (1983) there is a very nice diagram of the SW peninsular (Cornwall and Devon). It seems that one giant block of granite rises from a single core, or batholith - which reaches down to an unknown depth below the surface. The upper parts of the granite slab protude from the surface on Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, the hills around St Austell, Lands End ... and the Isles of Scilly.