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13 Mar 2020
Molten Iron Rain

Gary sent in this link - ... and the same story has been all through the media and blogosphere. Gary makes a connection with his own theory that vapourised rock on Mars fell to Earth and condensed out of the atmosphere in the form of quartz grains = Sahara sand (as well as other sand deposits). This is outlined at ... and he also wrote a book, 'Extraterrestrial Sands' Gary Gilligan, Matador:2016.

15 Mar 2020

One of the basic building blocks of life is said to be nitrogen - in one form or another. Now we have the discovery of salts containing nitrogen in Comet Churyumov-gerasimenko. In fact, ammonium salts (back in 2014/2015). This is thought to support the idea life originated in space. See ... and ...

15 Mar 2020
Clouds, Jellyfish and the Sun

At (15th March 2020) we have a view of the Sun by amateur astronomer Martin Wiose. Hundreds of orange 'fibers' are jumping up and falling back down from the surface of the Sun. These are spicules, jets of gas shooting up and collapsing. A big wide thread in the middle of the image below is what is known as a 'prominence' - a cloud of hydrogen held above the Sun's surface by magnetic fields. They are larger than spicules - and last longer ...

16 Mar 2020
Assyria and All That

At ... which is to do with the imperial nature of the Assyrian state. The author actually compares the Assyrian empire to the British empire - in so far as different countries and regions experienced different ways of governance (to blend in with local beliefs and traditions). The post is really a sort of a review of a book, 'The Imperialisation of Assyria: an archaeological approach', Cambridge University Press:2020, by Bledo During. What was the secret of their success, she asks.

17 Mar 2020
Comet Atlas

At (16th March 2020) ... Comet Atlas is brightening - see image below. It is currently as bright as an 8th or 9th magnitude star (still too dim to with the naked eye but with a telescope pointed in the direction of Ursa Major you might be able to pick it up). However, the comet is hundreds of times brighter than astronomers predicted a few months ago - and it is still beyond the orbit of Mars (and a long way from the Sun, which is quiet in any case).

18 Mar 2020
Key Symbol

A key symbol in Electric Universe and Plasma studies has popped up again ...

18 Mar 2020
Japanese Earthquake

At .... reference to the earthquake and tsunani that struck Japan back in 2011. It was the 4th most powerful sisnce modern record keeping began, generating tsunami waves that reached as high as 125 feet in height. It was responsible for a large loss of life - 20,000 souls. The earthquake is thought to have occurred in a subduction zone (btween two plates). Hundreds of square feet of sea floor luched horizontally by 160 feet it is calculated. Thrusting upwards by 33 feet.

19 Mar 2020
Lightning in a stone circle

Robert sent in  this link - see image below ...

20 Mar 2020
Bone Circle

This seems to have been published in the journal Antiquity but various media outlets have spread the news. For example ... and ... circles made of the remains of mammoths are fairly common in the Ukaraine and the western Russian plain. Some 70 are known about. The latest one has been dated 20,000 years ago (the height of the Late Glacial Maximum). The bones are said to have an origin in animal graveyards - but little information of these graveyards is supplied.

21 Mar 2020
Fine Tuning Radiocarbon Dates

An article in Science Advances (March 18th 2020) is interesting - see .. and ... which promises much but delivers little. Radiocarbon dating was invented in the late 1940s and after improvements over the years it remains the standard method for dating artifacts in archaeology and other disciplines.