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9 Oct 2019
Was Venus Once Like Earth

This story is at https://phys.org/news/2019-10-venus-lava.html ... it was one of those things used by climate alarmists that once upon a time Venus was once warm and wet, just like the Earth (even though Venus is somewhat nearer the Sun than we are). The story continued by saying that runaway co2 led to runaway warming and now Venus is a hell hole. Velikovsky claimed Venus was young and had not cooled down but one thing is for sure and that is Venus is very active - with lots of volcanoes and lava flows.

9 Oct 2019
Unusual Auroral Activity

At www.spaceweather.com (8th October 2019) we have solar minimum and the Sun has been blank (no spots) for 28 out of the last 30 days. In such a situation solar flares and certainly not on the scale to breach Earth's magnetosphere. However, we have just an Arctic auroar outburst - without the whiff of a sun spot. The image below was taken in Norway ...

9 Oct 2019
Cyanide Gas

At https://phys.org/news/2019-10-astronomers-cyanide-gas-interstellar-2ibor... ... which concerns comet Borisov, the newcomer currently making its way through the solar system. Data gathered by the William Herschel Telescope founhd it contains cyanide. It is therefore potentially dangerous to life on Earth - a killer. However, calculations of its future trajectory show it is not going to come anywhere in the vicinity of the Earth. Saved by the bell.

10 Oct 2019
Wal Thornhill

Robert sent in the link to www.everythingselectric.com/eie-137/ ... an interview with Wal Thornhill/

12 Oct 2019
Wrangel Island Mammoths

Mammoths lived on Wrangel Island, albeit in a pygmy form, right up to the late 3rd millennium BC - a surprising new discovery. William sent in the link to www.yahoo.com/news/study-reveals-last-woolly-mammoths-201105919.html ... The majority of mammoths died out during the Younger Dryas event as a result of an abrupt switch in climate (and possibly other factors) but a few were left stranded on islands in the Arctic Ocean. It seems that in the Late Glacial Maximum these islands may have been part of the mainland (now submerged).

15 Oct 2019
Tail of a comet

At https://spaceweather.com (October 14th 2019) ... we have been told that Comet Borisov is an interloper - from another solar system. However, it is behaving in much the same way as any ordinary run of the mill comet. It sports a tail for example and the tail is rich in cyanide (much like most of the comets in our solar system). The comet is fairly bright, and dusty - also much like any other comet. Is it really an interloper? Prior to the advent of last year's interloper it would have been described as a comet with an origin in the Kuiper Belt.

15 Oct 2019
Religion and Younger Dryas

At https://cosmictusk.com/uncharted-x-younger-dryas-religious-myth/ ... which is of course a fascinating subject that attracted a good deal of people to the ideas of Velikovsky. What role does religion have in catastrophic events - supplication to a sky deity via ritual, recitation, and hymns etc. Even re-enactments of catastrophic events in an attempt to understand them - and why deity may have demanded the lives of so many humans (and animals).

15 Oct 2019
One for the Kiddiewinks

Young children, especially small boys, are fascinated by the likes of Tyrannosaurus Rex and here we have a new species of giant predatory dinosaur found in Thailand - the Siamraptor .. go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/meet-siamraptor-suwa... ...

15 Oct 2019
Golden Ratio and Skulls

We've heard a lot about the Golden Ratio in cosmic terms but now we have the golden ratio in human skulls - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/golden-ratio-observe... ... Researchers at John Hopkins University have compared 100 human skulls with 70 animal skulls. They found the human skulls are remarkably close to the golden ratio, whereas the skulls of dogs, monkeys, rabbits, lions and tigers are not. However, the animal skulls do have unique ratios that appear to approach that of the golden ratio.

15 Oct 2019
Early Bronze Age metropolis

Not the sort of metropolis of the modern world but a town, or city if you like, with around 6000 inhabitants - dating back to early in the Bronze Age. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/excavations-in-israe... ... an urban complex has been uncovered in Israel as a result of road works, said in one source to be the New York of the ancient world. They hype is just that - a headline grabber. Nevertheless, it is a large site for the period and dates to Early Bronze Age IB (late fourth/early third millennium BC).