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17 Jun 2010
Update on Jupiter hit

The recent Jupiter impact, a week or so ago, has left behind a mystery. It produced a flash of light so bright it was visible in attic and garden telescopes but it did not create a cloud of debris - which is what observers from around the world have been waiting for. Alternatives to an impact are not being suggested, one of which is that it was not an object striking Jupiter but a Jovian lightning bolt. NASA are not impressed with this idea and a spokesperson said that NASA had seen plenty of night-side lightning on Jupiter but never lightning on the day time-side.

17 Jun 2010
Panspermia and meteorites

At Daily Galaxy we have an interesting story on June 15th ( .... on meteorites and panspermia. This might be a bad example of scientists using large rocks to find evidence of panspermia when it was originally suggested it arrived on earth via particles and debris with an origin in comets - material flared from the surface of comets and captured by the atmosphere of the earth. Meteorites also have an origin in space - but ten per cent of those that strike earth have been found to have an origin on Mars.

16 Jun 2010
Skulls and Immigrants ... the online journal PLoS One has an article on the differences between palaeo-americans and amerindians, a huge morphological dissimilarity involving crania shape and size. The claim is that the earliest Americans were Australo-Melanesians and the second wave of immigrants came from East Asia.

15 Jun 2010
Tutankhamun Funeral

The Times May 29th .... archaeology correspondent Norman Hammond reported on an exhibition in New York, at the Metropolitan, 'Tutankhamun's Funeral'. A decade before the actual discovery of his tomb, some jars and broken pottery, bandages and animal remains, and dried flowers were found in a pit nearby. They were the remains of Tutankhamun's funeral, too impure to be buried in the tomb but safely hidden not far away.

15 Jun 2010
Romanian caves June 13th ... Romanian archaeologists have found ancient cave paintings aged between 23,000 and 35,000 years ago. They are drawings of buffalo, horse, and rhinoceros, and clearly these animals must have roamed in the immediate vicinity during the Ice Age - but this is well to the south of the ice sheet.

15 Jun 2010

At we have a story about an Iron Age grave in Norway that dates somewhere between 600 and 1000AD which contained a prehistoric stone axe head - made of greenstone. Such axes, the news blurb announces, symbolised thunderstones. The idea of a rock falling out of the sky as a result of lightning is common around the world it continues, and has an obvious connection with meteors - or lightning bolts.

15 Jun 2010
Ra, the red sun disc

A web site that might interest SIS members, which is run by Gary Gilligan, a contributor to the web site and a member of SIS and an attendee at our bi-annual meetings. It has several long pages of articles and views that some might find thought provoking. Basically, the idea of the divinity of the pharaoh, the representative of the God on earth, his physical and human representation as leader of people etc, is challenged.

15 Jun 2010
Dark matter does not exist?

At June 11th ... scientists at Durham University's Physics department used satellite data to study the remnant heat of the Big Bang - via a microwave anisotropy probe. In the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society they claim dark energy and dark matter may not exist - the mathematics was wrong. In turn, this may threaten the consensus model of the universe, the Big Bang theory.

15 Jun 2010
Neutrinos ... and clouds ...

Meanwhile, at June 14th we have two interesting posts. The first one is on the topic of aeroplanes accidentally making holes in clouds and causing rain or snow to fall. It may happen more often than realised.

15 Jun 2010
Shimmering Butterflies

I was watching BBCs 'Springwatch' a couple of days ago and Chris Packham mentioned that the colours of butterflies are produced not by pigments but by a special geometric formation of cells, that shimmer and give the illusion of colour.