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10 Nov 2011
Looking at the universe - with different eyes

At ... Stephen Smith has a look at the way astronomers describe features of the universe. For example, plasma behaves in unusual ways and observers assume it is the result of winds and shockwaves that they see. Plasma is driven at a very high rate of knots - as fast as 1000km a second. There seem to be powerful storms going on, or cluster activity with great clouds of gas - for want of a better description.

10 Nov 2011
Caves and Archaeology

At there is a report on a paper in PNAS on the colour and markings of prehistoric horses as painted on the walls of Lascoux cave - and elsewhere. All the variations existed in pre-domestic horse populations, it would seem, lending weight to the idea the artists were portraying faithfully their natural environment. Anthropologists, and others, have suggested the paintings actually reflect abstract ideas in the minds of the painters, and such colour and markings did not exist.

10 Nov 2011
Cooking up a nice dinner

At we learn that cooking meat played a key role in driving the evolution of man from apes. The study is in PNAS and actually builds on earlier studies in the same field. I can remember something on these lines a couple of years ago. However, in the recent paper, Rachel Carmody of Harvard's dept of Human Evolutionary Biology, has expanded on what went before - but what will the vegans think?

7 Nov 2011
An Electric Universe query - can anyone help?

Todd has emailed the SIS contacts link with an Electric Universe query. People who might wish to get in reciprocal contact with him can do so via SIS - we have his email address. He claims that nearly two weeks ago Mars was smacked by a large solar flare and he says this was responsible for red skies on the Earth. First question to be asked by us - what connection is there between red skies on earth and the planet Mars. Something or nothing?

7 Nov 2011
Arctic Warming

One of the big scaremongering stories in recent years has revolved around the warming summer waters of the Arctic Ocean - as a result of warm surface water perculating around the ocean conveyor belt system transferring warm tropical waters into the far north. What the fond of cuddling up to AGW people fail to tell the public is that the Arctic Ocean has warmed up before - quite recently. Naval logs from the RN, for example, record this happening in the first half of the 19th century, and Hubert Lamb reported on this occurring in the 1930s.

7 Nov 2011
Doomsaying and prophecies of End Times

At ... as 2012 approaches the doomsayers and mongers of disaster are abroad and barking in the dark. On the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 the New Age fraternity, it seems, or some of them, plan to celebrate receiving 'energies' in preparation for a transformation of consciousness on the winter solstice of 2012. What the connection between the two dates might be is left unsaid but some kind of catastrophic event for 2012 has been dreamed up in the minds of some people - the internet is awash with stories.

7 Nov 2011
Fossils in Amber

We all know about insects in amber, preserved as fossils and highly prized by our ancestors. The trade in Baltic amber during the past is well catalogued in archaeological studies. The entombed insects of Baltic amber go back to the Eocene. Amber comes from the resin of trees - but the species of tree has not been identified. What you might not know is that fossilised tree resin has been found all over the world and from different epochs in time - see the Deposits Magazine (Southwold in Suffolk) issue 26 (2011).

6 Nov 2011
Woodworking Neanderthals

At ... the Mousterian refers to Neanderthal stone culture - or stone tools found in the ground. A Neanderthal site in France has preserved organic features including a partly burn wooden implement. Until now the possibility of Neanderthals and Homo Erectus with wood working skills has rarely been mentioned - and is generally passed over. This find may change minds.

6 Nov 2011
Who might be pressing the SIS button - comets and catastrophe

At ... 13,000 years ago Earth may have been struck by multiple Tunguska sized cometary fragments over the course of about an hour, according to astronomer Bill Napier of the Cardiff University Astrobiology Centre. It led to the dramatic cooling of the Younger Dryas event. His paper, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been out for over a year - but some people are just picking up on it.

5 Nov 2011
Egyptian statuary

At http://popular-archaeology/com/issue/september-2011/article/royal-statua... (if link does not work go to and scroll down for the article) ... is a nice subject that illustrates the differences in culture in Egypt between the 3rd and 2nd millenniums BC. There are noticeable changing trends and fashion in statuary - and in the underlying religion and view of kingship. It was evolving. One major trend was the development of portraiture - and naturalism in art.