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5 Aug 2010
Cyrus and the Chinese

www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Extracts-of-Cyrus-Cylinder-found-in-China/ (see News section if story unavailable) ... it seems a British Museum curator, Irving Finkel, has identified a cuneiform text inscribed on horse bones found in China, and they represent extracts from the Cyrus Cylinder.

5 Aug 2010
The Spacecraft Fly-by Mystery

'The Spacecraft fly-by mystery - is dark matter the culprit or is there new physics waiting to be discovered?' is another headline grabber from Casey Kazan at www.dailygalaxy.com on August 3rd. When NASA sends its spacecraft across the solar system they save fuel by making use of sling-shot fly-bys. Rather than firing up thrusters the spacecraft changes trajectory by harnessing the gravitational pulls of the planets. However, this clever trick has had an unexpected side-effect.

4 Aug 2010
Icy Centaurs

Are icy centaurs between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune a threat to the earth? is the headline of a piece by Casey Kazan at www.dailygalaxy.com August 2nd ... He says the greatest threat to earth comes from comets and NASA has found it difficult to keep a track on these objects. Most comets are on orbits that enter the inner solar system at intervals of two to three hundred years.

4 Aug 2010
The Sun is waking up

The Sun is waking up according to NASA - see www.physorg.com/print199985777.html which  has an image of a filament of plasma blasted from the surface (plus access to a video clip)

4 Aug 2010
A Sprott on the Landscape

At www.scoop.co.nz/stories/print.html?path=SC0811/S00028.htm ... a press release from the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition on November 11th 2008 can be found at this web address, with the title, How Barycentric Orbits Influence Climate and was made by Dr Jim Sprott, OBE, MSc., PhD., FNZIC, a chemist and forensic scientist in Auckland. He warned the new minister for Climate Change (an AGW advocate) that projections by the IPCC are simplistic, superficial, and wrong etc etc.

4 Aug 2010
Sea Levels and Sprott

At the same web address and the same piece Sprott says the barycentric orbit affecting the weather also effects sea levels. It is illogical to ascribe a rise in sea levels as being due to an increased volume of water, he siad. The level of the world's oceans are affected by the location of the barycentre - and this alters due to planetary influences. Hnece, the rise and fall of sea levels has an oscillation tuned into the solar system = the wave theory.

3 Aug 2010
Carausius

The Independent July 30th ... harks back to the story of a hoard of 52,000 Roman coins found in a field near Frome. Almost 800 of them were minted during thre reign of Carausius, AD286-93. The journalist seems to have set out to find something about this character and has come back with a tale that reckons he was a gangster who was in league with Saxon and Pictish pirates, dividing the booty up between them (but strangely there is no mention of Irish pirates who were active at the same time).

3 Aug 2010
Solomon's Pools

The story of the discovery of a Roman period aqueduct built to transport water from underground sources - such as Solomon's Pool, the Pool of Hezekiah, and so on, into the city of Jerusalem, is told in some detail as archaeologists had to clamber through ancient sewage systems rich in organic material to discover where the system went and who built it. The story began with a German archaeologist in the 19th century attributing a surviving piece of wall to King Herod - but this theory is now dead in the water.

3 Aug 2010
The Jared Diamond Myth in tatters

Manchester University (at www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=5997 ) it seems is about to publish new research set to overthrow the 'environmentalist propaganda' disseminated by Jared Diamond in his book a few years ago, much loved by eco-campaigners and politicians as an example of how to rubbish your own backyard.

3 Aug 2010
A Negritoe Migration?

Negritoes are a very obvious minority population element in various parts of SE Asia and the Pacific, and once lived in India (and still inhabit the Andaman Islands) and various other places enroute (even in the Malayan peninsular), and it could be argued they represent a well defined migration, an Out of Africa movement that has some reality. At www.gmanews.tv/print/197541/ a footbone has been found in a cave in the Philippines that has been dated as early as 67,000 years  ago.