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19 Aug 2011
Aurora and Ash

NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre spokesman Tony Phillips says the STEREO spacecraft in combination with new data processing techniques has succeeded in tracking a solar storm from its origin in the Sun's corona to impact with the Earth, resolving a 40 year controversy on the structures of space weather. There is a video that can be watched at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/19/space-storm-tracked-from-sun-to-ea... which shows a CME event swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the Earth.

19 Aug 2011
Homo erectus - and boats

The Boston Herald had an interesting story, possibly a rehash of something from last year, on Homo erectus and discovery of stone tools on Crete, the large island in the middle of the Mediterranean/Aegean (see www.bostonherald.com/news/international/general/view.bg?articleid=135915...). Researchers say human ancestors were crossing the Mediterranean Sea at least 130,000 years ago, a claim based on stone tools found on Crete. This island, it is alleged, has been cut off from the mainland for 'eons' - whatever the reporter concerned may mean.

18 Aug 2011
Youthful Moon - or not so youthful

A paper in Nature August 17th - see www.physorg.com/print232805174.html - is suggesting the Moon is somewhat younger than previously alleged, created by a giant impact between two bodies one of which was proto-earth. The Moon then formed from melted material ejected into space. It is further alleged that analysis of lunar rocks, or sample so far retrieved, can only be dated as far back as 4.36 billion years ago. This may sound quite old but apparently it is younger than earlier estimates of the Moon's age - which were 4.5 billion years ago.

17 Aug 2011
More cold water poured on AGW science

This time it emanates from a paper by Lindzen and Choi - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/16/new-paper-from-lindzen-and-choi-im... and claims c02 influences global temperature on a much lower scale than consensus climate science allow. In fact, their conclusion is that current modelling exaggerates climate sensitivity - some of the models, greatly so. The full paper can also be accessed at Lindzen's personal web space at http://www-eaps.mit.edu/faculty/lindzen/236-Lindzen-Choi-2011.pdf

14 Aug 2011
Flint

Gary Gilligan has sent in another link, this time to an article and on-line book on flint mythology (go to http://swansea.academia.edu/CarolynGravesBrown/Papers/847861/The_Ideolog... where there is an abstract of the paper  and where you can also download (via Scribd) some 500 pages of text (including notes) on the subject. Or you can of course trawl down and print out individual pages at your leasure (scanning the document as you go).

14 Aug 2011
Sun spot cycles

At www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3107&start=0 ... at Thunderbolts forums a member comments on the current cycle of low sun spot activity and wonders what this might mean - less solar output? Low sun spot cycles are known historically but what do they imply from the angle of the Electric Universe theory. Less power in = less power out? A weakening of the Sun's protective sheaf? which might mean more energetic cosmic rays bombarding the solar system and therefore interacting with the atmosphere of the earth.

12 Aug 2011
The zodiacal light, meteor streams, and dark matter - is it an illusion?

At www.physorg.com/print190569543.html (April 15th 2010) is a piece on the dust between planets that scatters sunlight. Its origins are in comets according to Nesvorny and Jennisken (April 20th, The Astrophysical Journal). The zodiacal dust cloud is regularly replenished.

12 Aug 2011
Gary Gilligan

Gary Gilligan informs an update to his web site, the subject aurorae and the Egyptian ram-headed god, Amun. He is often depicted as a human wearing distinctive plumed auroral headgear and Gary is of the opinion he represents Mars (or the god known as Mars to the Romans). Go to www.gks.uk.com/Ram-headed-Amun/ 

11 Aug 2011
Life from Space

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110808220659.htm ... the headline reads, 'DNA building blocks can be made in space, NASA evidence suggests' while at www.physorg.com/print232030474.html it is 'Meteorites Tool kits for creating life on earth' and the same story appears all over the blogosphere, even at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/10/seeds-of-life-on-earth-may-have-or... - which has some interesting comments including one that simply says this is a bit more information to confirm an already existing hypothesis.

11 Aug 2011
The Lion at Tayinat

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110809104309.htm ... we are back to the ongoing excavations at Tell Tayinat and the discovery of a monumental city gate that incorporated, among other things, a crouching lion sculpture. Tayinat is thought to be the citadel of Kunulua, the capital of the neo-Hittite kingdom of Patina, and securely dated to the Iron Age (and thrived between 950-725BC). However, the city citadel gateway is remarkably reminiscent of a similar gateway excavated by Woolley at the Hittite city of Carchemish, dating from the Late Bronze Age.