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21 Dec 2011
The comet that grazed the Sun and survived

This story, with a video to view, can be found at after various satellites witnessed Comet Lovejoy fly close to the surface of the Sun and emerge intact. Of course, the orthodox explanation that comets have an icy core is what baffled and surprised scientists - how could a dirty snowball survive such a close encounter? The obvious answer is that it was not an icy body - but rocky (just like those comets spacecraft have filmed in deeper space). Its surprising really just how attached people are to the dirty snowball hypothesis.

21 Dec 2011
Dating the birth of Christ - seeing as it's christmas

It is recognised there is uncertainty on when the modern dating system kicked in and if AD1 has any connection with the Birth of Christ - not least the various talks and articles by Steve Mitchell and Lawrence Dixon on dating systems in the Roman and post-Roman periods, as published in SIS publications and during member meetings (last autumn for example). Now, consensus would have you believe there is nothing amiss but someone else has been doing some digging around - not spending a great deal of time on the subject, however, but enough to put a spanner in the works - so to speak.

21 Dec 2011
Whales in the desert sands of Chile

The discovery of 80 whales buried in the Atacama desert of northern Chile during the building of a highway has reappeared as a post at - sent in by SIS member William Thompson of Massachusetts (but see also and ). Look at all three sites as there are some wonderful pictures.

19 Dec 2011
Gamma rays and thunderstorms


19 Dec 2011
Liquid co2 occurs in puddles on the sea bed ... is this bottoming the scare?

A fascinating piece of sleuthing that has uncovered reports of liquid co2 on the ocean bottom and these have an origin in 'white smokers' - vents near mid ocean ridges and plate boundaries that spew out while columns of fluids, water containg compounds of barium, calcium and silicon, and blobs of liquid co2 - see Potentially, this is capable of blowing away the current super scare story -ocean acidification.

15 Dec 2011
Higgs and Holes and sun beams

At cern/ is a piece with lots of comments on how the search for Higgs Boson is proceeding (see also we have the BBC headline, 'Higgs Boson may have been glimpsed' ... but on the other hand, it might not have been. Whatever, particle physicists are apparently very excited by small signals - which might be background noise.

10 Dec 2011
Up the stairs and down the stairs

Landsatt satellites used to track Yellowstone's geothermal heat - see Yellowstone National Park sits on top of what is thought to be a huge ancient and still active volcano, a so called hot spot - downstairs. Heat is thought to rise from an underground chamber that creates some 10,000 hot springs, mud pots, terraces and geysers. 

8 Dec 2011
A couple of gems ... bouldnor cliff and Kents cavern

In the latest issue of Current Archaeology 262 Dec/Jan 2011/12 there are a couple of gems. The first of them concerns Kents cavern in the holiday resort of Torquay. New research here began in 2009 and the cave still contains a large amount of untouched sediment, and hopefully, Pleistocene archaeology and palaeontology. So far it has yielded over 80,000 fossils and bits and pieces and caused ripples in the 19th century.

8 Dec 2011
An alternative view of Gobekli Tepe

At there is a discussion of an article by EB Banning in Current Anthropology (2011) that suggests the T shaped pillars were used to lay a roof over the structure - otherwise compared by archaeologists with stone circles. They are circular in shape - but so are Iron Age houses in Britain and Ireland, and there are lots of these T shaped circles at Gobekli Tepe - within a quite small space.

8 Dec 2011
Canaries volcano and a spaceship at the edge the solar system

The under-sea volcano that has erupted deep on the sea-bed off the Canary island of El Hierro is now just 60m below the surface - and still growing. It will either create a new island in the Atlantic or will become an extension of the southern shore of El Hierro. There is also seismic activity to the north of El Hierro and over the last 4 months there has been some 11,000 tremors across El Hierro itself (see