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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 www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111103143255.htm ... 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) www.depositsmag.com/ issue 26 (2011).

6 Nov 2011
Woodworking Neanderthals

At http://averyremoteperiodindeed.blogspot.com/2011/09/mousterian-wooden-sp... ... 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 www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401101527.htm ... 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 http://popular-archaeology.com 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.

5 Nov 2011
The dark one, the bright one, and a volcano that has popped up on the sea bed off the Canaries

A huge asteroid will fly past the earth on Tuesday November 8th, some 400m in girth. It is very dark - the colour of charcoal. It also seems to be porous - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111101134315.htm

The bright one is the currently active Sun. One region is alive with sun spots that are currently pointing away from the Earth. Within a week or so the orbit of the Sun will bring them into alignment with the Earth - but will they remain as active? See www.physorg.com/print239560785.html

4 Nov 2011
'The Troy Deception'

In the book, 'The Troy Deception, volume One: Finding the Plain of Troy', John Crowe has mustered some 300 pages of text that are easy to read and understand what he has to say. He is not saying he has found the city of Troy - it is Homer's 'theatre of war', the plain of Troy, that he considers he has identified. It lies in the region known once as Mysia, around Teuthrona and Pergamon. This is where the Achaean Greeks first fought on Asian soil - before going on to Troy.

3 Nov 2011
The jawbone in a cave

Kents Cavern in Torquay in SW England is famous for the discovery of numerous Ice Age mammals. Mixed in with these bones was the jawbone of a human. It is assumed to be that of a modern human - for anatomical reasons. It might well be otherwise. In the 1980s it was dated by C14 methodology to around 35,000 years ago - which was just about at the boundary C14 dating techniques was reliable. In fact, it was in that sort of plateau in which dates between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago are considered to be open to error.